Friday, December 16, 2016

Obviously Essence AnatoFREE Boxer Brief with 3-inch leg

Obviously, as I’ve reviewed before, is an Australian company that makes quality underwear and undershirts for men. I’ve previously reviewed the Essence AnatoFREE Hipster Trunk, and today I’ll be reviewing the very similar but superior Boxer Brief 3-inch leg version. 

Materials and construction: The Essence AnatoFREE Boxer Brief is made out of Obviously’s top grade fabric, which is a micro modal/lycra blend a little thicker than the bamboo rayon/lycra blend found in their Basics Collection. It a bit softer and seems to dry a little faster. The waistband sits fairly low on the hips, but stays in place very well. The pouch, which is attached to the body of the item by a horseshoe-shaped seam, is much larger than one would find on most underwear products, but a little higher and smaller than the AnatoMAX products Obviously offers (which I plan to review in the future). The 3-inch leg variety makes a very small visual difference, but a very big functional one, as I discuss below. As an added bonus, there’s no tag, with washing instructions printed on the inside of the waistband. Overall, this is a great set of features. 9/10

Comfort and usability: Like all the AnatoFREE items, especially the boxer briefs/trunks, this does lift you a bit, so it runs the risk of causing a noticeable visual bulge if you’re wearing thin pants. It also requires some more adjustment than the AnatoMAX pouches, which slide into place comfortably with minimal adjustment. There is a major difference between the trunks/boxer briefs versions of this item. Whereas the trunks feel like they have zero traction to stop them from riding up, the boxer briefs stay in place pretty well. The material is a little on the warmer side, and absorbs odors a little more than many materials, so these do not make ideal exercise garments. Overall, I’d say that a bigger pouch would make this an ideal leisurewear item. 7/10

Aesthetics: The solid black appearance with the finely-stitched blue logo looks great. No complaints here. 9/10

Overall rating: 8/10

Big enough? The AnatoMAX line has the ideal pouch, but this is another good offering from Obviously. I could wear these with only occasional adjustments.

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